The Act Of Killing Reviews

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February 21, 2019
The Act of Killing is the only 100% original work of cinema to come out this year.
January 3, 2019
If Oppenheimer's aim is to question and investigate what life the past has in the present, he has succeeded in a staggeringly original way.
December 16, 2013
The originality of The Act of Killing lies in Oppenheimer's decision to treat artifice as a roundabout path to truth.
December 16, 2013
Bizarre, hypnotic, audacious.
December 16, 2013
The emotional places this troubling movie takes him to are rewardingly primal and potent, forcing both subject and viewer to wrestle with internal demons.
November 14, 2013
I certainly do not move that the film should be suppressed, only that one should know what it is. It is a bath in a smiling madness.
August 6, 2019
The Act of Killing is important and unique in illustrating the banality of evil.
June 8, 2019
Soaked in blood and haunted by ghosts, The Act of Killing is not an easy watch at all. But it is an incredibly rewarding one; this truly is cinema at its most important.
April 19, 2019
One of the great, unique, often intangible and sometimes scary potentials of the film medium is the way that cinematic artifice can achieve something more profound than mere fact.
February 26, 2019
A disturbingly comfortable voyage into the mindset of evil and the psychology of a murderer(s), Oppenheimer's film is like nothing you'll have ever seen before.
January 8, 2019
Beyond this intellectual actualisation, I can't help but think that the film falls short of its supposed brilliance. Surely watching socially or politically charged documentaries should achieve something more than cognition!
December 16, 2018
To take Anwar's own dramatic projection of his gradual humanisation seems a much more murky and less conclusive process than Oppenheimer wants to tidily present us with.
November 28, 2018
It all makes sense when you submit yourself to Oppenheimer's bizarre, tragic, and eye-opening experiment.
August 30, 2018
What makes the film so powerful, and so provocative, is that the people whose imaginations spawned these spectacular images killed hundreds of people.
August 7, 2018
Philosophically rich, visually stunning, emotionally devastating.
February 21, 2018
Rarely has the full potential of cinema itself been brought home so forcefully.
January 3, 2018
The result is something we've never seen before - a new type of film - call it psycho-documentary - that's not just about mass crimes but the state of mind that produced them.
September 5, 2017
[An] innovative piece of filmmaking so breathtakingly daring and powerful, it replaces your oxygen with awe.
June 23, 2017
The visual highs and emotional payoffs contained within the film are well worth slogging through its slow patches.
March 29, 2017
Fascinated by the action on screen, we might almost overlook the skill with which The Act of Killing has been conceived, edited, and directed.
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